Clifton Park

Incumbents sweep Clifton Park Town board race

Republicans Standaert, Whelan reelected to their posts
Town Councilwoman Amy Standaert and town Councilman James Whalen.
Town Councilwoman Amy Standaert and town Councilman James Whalen.

CLIFTON PARK — Two incumbent Republicans — town Councilwoman Amy Standaert and Councilman James Whalen —  were re-elected to the Clifton Park Town Board on Tuesday, according to unofficial race results.

The victories mean that Whalen will be going into his third term, while Standaert will begin her second full term.

Standaert received the highest number of votes at 4,771. Whalen secured the next highest amount at 3,905.

The two were vying for the seats against newcomer Kerensa Rybak, a Democrat. She conceded the race at about 10:30 p.m. via a Facebook post after receiving 3,490 votes.

More: Election roundup: Capital Region race results 2019

“Folks, as I’m sure most of you know, we didn’t win this one,” Rybak posted. “However, I don’t consider this a loss. For the first time in recent history, Clifton Park was given a choice, and people were given hope for some changes. I worked hard, but behind me was a team whose passion and enthusiasm is unparalleled. I have learned so much and met so many wonderful people in our community, and maybe, just maybe, the fact that our numbers were so close might spur someone else to take the reins next time and go bigger and farther than I could. And rest assured, Clifton Park, you haven’t seen the last of me.”

“I’m very happy with the results. I’m very proud of the residents of Clifton Park,” Standaert said.

After the election results came in on Tuesday, Standaert said that there was no time for anyone to rest.

“We’re proud of our records, we’re proud of our town and we’re proud of our voters for supporting us,” she said. “Our hard work continues. We’re back at it again today. We’re tired, but we can’t rest.”

Whalen said that Tuesday night’s results proved that Clifton Park residents are comfortable with the path the town board has taken.

“I’m excited. I appreciate the opportunity to serve again for another four years,” he said.

The reelections, Whalen said, give the board the opportunity to keep moving forward full speed ahead as a cohesive unit, which helps them to act proactively.

“We’re looking to set ourselves up to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves,” he said.

Whalen added, about the closeness of the campaign, that challenges necessitate a dedicated and serious campaigning effort.

“We’re not entitled to this. I never looked at this as, I’ve done it for eight years, I don’t have to put in the effort,” he said. “Every campaign is always hard fought.



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